• Sarah L Samuels

Date Crunch

This is one of my Dad’s favourites! It’s an old classic but tastes delicious. It is an oaty base topped with sticky dates and finished with more oats. It can be served warm with ice cream or cream or cold with a cuppa!

Jump to recipe


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan) then line a 20cm square cake tin with parchment paper.

Place the water and dates in a pan and simmer for 10 minutes until thick.

Once it has thickened set aside to cool.


Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and butter into a large bowl.


Rub the butter into the dry ingredients. It will be a bit sticky!



Add the porridge oats and rub in again until the mixture starts to clump slightly.



Take two thirds of the mixture and put this into the tin and press down with your fingers until it is level.



Add the cooled date mixture and flatten until level.



Finally sprinkle on the remaining mixture



Then bake in the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes.



Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.


Ingredients:

250ml Water

200g Dates (stoned and chopped)

200g Plain Flour

200g Unsalted Butter

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda

200g Soft light brown sugar

150g Porridge oats


Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan).

  2. Line a 20cm square cake tin with parchment paper.

  3. Place the water and dates in a pan and simmer for 10 minutes until thick. Set aside to cool.

  4. Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and butter into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients. It will be a bit sticky!

  5. Add the porridge oats and rub in again until the mixture starts to clump slightly.

  6. Take two thirds of the mixture and put this into the tin and press down with your fingers until it is level.

  7. Add the cooled date mixture and flatten until level.

  8. Finally sprinkle on the remaining mixture and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

  9. Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.


Download recipe

DateCrunch
.pdf
Download PDF • 154KB

Sarah’s extra slice……


I used dates that have had the stones removed which are much easier to chop up.

Make sure the date mixture is cool before adding to the base oat mix.


You could add some chopped nuts to the topping for more crunch.

281 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All